Touch Football proposes an entire pathway for players from learning as a kid to representing Australia in international competitions.
Children from the age of three are often exposed to Touch Football through school based clinics or events. School competitions are fantastic experiences for all participants, with the main ones gathering up to 5000 children in a great carnival atmosphere. School participation has a representative pathway with opportunities to link to Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) High Performance Program.
Touch Football affiliates also run junior competitions as a complement to the school pathway. From those competitions, various regional or state junior teams are selected to play in the National Youth Championship (NYC), which again links to the TFA High Performance Program.
Uniquely in Touch Football, the community and school Touch Football community combines at the National Youth Championship level. This event is the main talent identification event for youth athletes to transition into High Performance athletes.
Talented young players can also play in the National Touch League (NTL), in the ‘Under 20’ or ‘Open’ divisions. At these national events (NYC and NTL), Australian Youth teams are selected from the Australian Youth Squads (under 18 and under 20) and compete in the Trans Tasman Test Series against New Zealand.
For national youth players, gates are wide open to make the Australian team and play in the World Cup against the best players in the world. The Number One Sport In The Australian Sport System.